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Stephan Lewandowsky

Stephan Lewandowsky

Chair of Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol
Stephan is a cognitive scientist, currently Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol and a member of the university's Cabot Institute. His research examines people’s memory and decision making, with particular emphasis on how people respond to corrections of misinformation. He has published over 140 scholarly articles, chapters, and books, including a recent journal article on how people process information about the Iraq War, which revealed the important role of skepticism in people’s ability to update their memories. He was elected a fellow of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry in 2015.

Stephan was awarded a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council in 2011, and he received a Wolfson Research Merit Fellowship from the Royal Society upon moving to the UK in 2013. He has contributed numerous opinion pieces to the national media on issues related to war and terrorism, and climate change. He is particularly interested in the difference between skepticism and denial when it comes to climate change.

He is one of the principals of http://www.shapingtomorrowsworld.org, a website dedicated to discussing solutions to the multiple crises facing our societies—from responses to climate change to new forms of generating energy.

Life after COVID: most people don't want a return to normal – they want a fairer, more sustainable future

Jan 03, 2022 12:02 pm UTC| Insights & Views

We are in a crisis now and omicron has made it harder to imagine the pandemic ending. But it will not last forever. When the COVID outbreak is over, what do we want the world to look like? In the early stages of the...

We have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let's use it

Jan 30, 2020 23:48 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Australias recent bushfire crisis will be remembered for many things not least, the tragic loss of life, property and landscape. But one other factor made it remarkable: the deluge of disinformation spread by climate...

Why people vote for politicians they know are liars

Dec 22, 2019 14:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Britain recently elected a prime minister who unlawfully shut down parliament to escape democratic scrutiny and who tells blatant falsehoods whenever it suits him. Boris Johnson casually denies the presence of media in...

Gaslighting: from partners to politicians – how to avoid becoming a victim

Aug 15, 2019 17:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

President Donald Trumps statement on the horrific mass shooting in El Paso on August 3 that killed 22 people and injured 24 covered a lot of ground. From video games and mental illness to the death penalty, the president...

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Economy

KFC Kenya will start sourcing potatoes from local producers amid fries shortage

KFC Kenya is set to start using potatoes from local farmers by the end of this year. The Nyandarua County Government in Kenya and Kentucky Fried Chicken held a meeting to look for ways that will allow the local potato...

Pepsi rolls out its first-ever donut in collaboration with Randy’s

Pepsi Cola announced the release of its first-ever donut in partnership with Randys. This new treat from the soft drink manufacturer will be available for a limited time, so fans must get them as soon as possible. As...

Chevron, Total energy companies withdrawing from Myanmar

Chevron and TotalEnergies are two of the leading energy and oil companies, and it was revealed late last week that both are pulling out of Myanmar. They made the decision to leave the country due to unrestrained human...

GM reportedly investing $6.5B and creating 4,000 new jobs at Michigan plants

General Motors is reportedly set to make an announcement, and it is about a major investment and incentive package that the state board is expected to approve next week. The investments worth around $6.5 billion are for...

Politics

Ivanka Trump accused of 'misleading financial statements' to federal government and Deutsche Bank

Donald Trumps daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump is now under even more legal scrutiny in the ongoing investigations into the Trump Organization. New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed in a court filing...

Afghanistan: Pentagon releases footage of Kabul drone strike

One of the criticized aspects of the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan was the drone strike that ended up killing civilians including children. The Pentagon has now made public the footage of the failed drone...

US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer echoes Nancy Pelosi's stance on lawmakers trading stocks

One of the issues that have emerged in Congress is of its members trading stocks despite concerns of conflicts of interest. US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer echoed the stance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that...

Kamala Harris says administration will continue to fight to pass voting rights legislation following Senate vote

The recent Senate vote on voting rights did not succeed in advancing voting rights legislation in the chamber. US Vice President Kamala Harris said that the administration would continue to push for voting rights...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop protein absorbent that collects rare earth elements from steel slag

A Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology research team has developed a protein absorbent that can collect rare earth elements from steel slag, an industrial by-product. The research team succeeded in selectively...

DouxMatok and Blommer to produce chocolate products with less sugar by enhancing sweetness perception

Blommer Chocolate Co. has entered a commercial partnership with Israeli-based DouxMatok to produce and sell a portfolio of chocolate products with less sugar, made possible by enhancing the perception of...

Duke University study reveals gastrointestinal tract distinguishes between Coke Original and Coke Zero

Duke University researchers revealed that the gastrointestinal tract, and not the tongue, distinguishes between Coca-Cola Original and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. According to their published study, neuropod cells in the...

Keio University doctors use iPS-derived cells to treat spinal cord injury

Keio University researchers have successfully transplanted into a patient with a severe spinal cord injury two million neural progenitor cells derived from other peoples iPS cells as part of a clinical study, offering hope...

Virtual moon landing experience offered at Tottori Sand Dunes

Tokyo-based Amulapo, Inc. is offering a tour at the Tottori Sand Dunes for experiencing a simulated landing on the lunar surface for up to 20 participants on Saturday nights until the end of March, during good...

Technology

Valve says Steam Deck will support games with Easy Anti-Cheat

The start of Steam Deck deliveries is expected to happen soon, and Valve has a new update for game developers that use Easy Anti-Cheat. The company says this progress should make it easier for developers to add support for...

‘Dark Souls’ PvP servers are offline as FromSoftware addresses RCE exploit

Over the last few days, avid Dark Souls players have likely stumbled upon the reported remote code execution (RCE) exploit. FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have finally addressed the issue and, due to the nature of this...

Samsung Galaxy S22 price leak hints the Ultra model’s lower RAM options

A new leak from a reliable source has debunked speculations that the Galaxy S22 series would be cheaper. While the starting prices for the upcoming models are unchanged, the biggest adjustment appears to be for the Ultra...

‘Gran Turismo 7’ may require nearly 90GB of storage space before the day one patch

Modern video games have been known to have large file sizes at launch, and it appears that the same can also be said for the upcoming Gran Turismo 7. The PlayStation-exclusive racing game is launching in a little over a...
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